Nolan thriv­ing on the na­tional scene

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Wick­low ref­eree, Anthony Nolan, is con­tin­u­ing to climb the in­ter­county ref­er­ee­ing lad­der af­ter re­cently be­ing put in charge of Di­vi­sion 1 games.

Last weekend it was the clash of Kerry and West­meath and this weekend he will be the man in the mid­dle for Galway and Mon­aghan. Nolan says he's de­lighted to be get­ting Di­vi­sion 1 games. “Yeah, I was de­lighted to get them, it's def­i­nitely a step up from Di­vi­sion 4, with all due re­spect but there's big­ger ex­pec­ta­tions on the county's in the higher di­vi­sions and big­ger crowds, dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere and that kind of thing,” said Nolan.

De­spite the sur­round­ings chang­ing Nolan says it's still just a game of foot­ball.

“The game doesn't change, the rules don't change, I don't do any­thing dif­fer­ent for a Di­vi­sion 1 game than I would have done for any other di­vi­sion, the game on the pitch is the same,” said Nolan.

The Wick­low whistle­blower says while he has been ‘pro­moted’ to a cer­tain ex­tent there is noth­ing con­crete just yet.

“I think af­ter the na­tional league they sit down and pick their first 16 or what­ever they call them and I'd be hope­ful of be­ing in­cluded but I'm still young,” he said.

“There's plenty of time to make it even if I don't this time around,” he added.

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